•National champions Kenya Prisons’ women’s volleyball team are likely to be locked out of the African Club Championship starting tomorrow in Cairo, Egypt.
•Prisons’ had secured visas and reserved air ticket well in time for the tour but failed to get the necessary facilitation and clearance from the Ministry of Internal security
National champions Kenya Prisons’ women’s volleyball team are likely to be locked out of the African Club Championship starting tomorrow in Cairo, Egypt.
This is after the team failed to get travel clearance from the Ministry of Internal Security.
Prisons’ had secured visas and reserved air ticket well in time for the tour but failed to get the necessary facilitation and clearance from the Ministry of Internal security.
Team manager David Kilundo was at pains to explain the new development, saying if all factors remain constant, they will be locked out of the event and risk a fine.
Kilundo said they had forwarded a budget of Sh5 million to the ministry well ahead of time and paid a participation fee of sh 100,000 to the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB).
He was, however, shocked that they were unable to get clearance hence denying the players a chance to participate in the African bonanza.
We had gone out of our way and made the necessary arrangement to ensure the players were in residential training and it’s unfortunate that after all the effort, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel” he said.David Kilundo
He added: “The worse thing is that the technical meeting is set for tomorrow. How do we ensure we are represented at the meeting? It’s really sad that a team that qualified for the event automatically will miss the championship.”
This is not the first time Prisons have failed to participate in the annual event under the same circumstances. In 201, they also failed to travel at the eleventh hour due to matters funding.
Efforts to get a comment from Principal secretary, State Department for correctional services, Zainab Hussein, were futile as her phone went answered and texts messages were not replied.
Should Prisons’ fail to honour the event, Kenya will now be represented by Kenya Commercial Bank who have pitched camp in the North African capital for a week and Kenya Pipeline who arrived in Egypt on Thursday afternoon.